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Ball Review TRACK: LEGION 53 Hook 15.5 Length 16.5 Breakpoint Shape


Manufacturer’s Intent: “The Legion is the new upper mid performance release for Track,” says EBI Marketing Director, Rich Hanson. “The Legion combines the LT-2 core with the MR-6 Hybrid cover used on last year’s Mx10 [March 2014]. This combination will create a strong mid-lane and aggressive move at the break- point.”


Core: The LT-2 asymmetric core has a 2.50 RG, a differential of .046 and a .011 intermediate differential. We saw 3 to 4 inches of flare.


Coverstock: The red, black and yellow MR-6 hybrid coverstock is sanded with 500 and 1000 grit Abralon and polished with Powerhouse Factory Finish Polish. We measured an RA value of 1.97 and effective surface grit of 5360.


Overview: The Legion gave us length with good motion on the backend. This new Track ball real- ly showed us what it was all about on the lighter house pattern from an inside angle. We crossed the arrows at 18-board out to seven-board at the 46-foot breakpoint. It really was clean and opened up the pattern nicely, with miss room both left and right, plus good continuation through the pin deck. On Stone Street, we had to play closer to the track area, crossing 11 at the arrows out to seven- or eight-board around the 46-foot breakpoint. The ball was angular and strong through the pins, but when we missed a bit inside, the corners started to pop up a little more often. The Legion is a good complement to either the new Paradox (reviewed next) or the Tour SiC (November 2014). On the USBC Open pattern, we lined up crossing 15 at the arrows out to six-board at the 45-foot breakpoint.


“THIS NEW TRACK BALL REALLY SHOWED US WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT ON THE LIGHTER HOUSE PATTERN FROM AN INSIDE ANGLE.”


The ball was quite clean in its journey to that break- point, and the core was strong enough to get us back to the pocket. On the fresh, if we got a little grabby, it made a strong move off the breakpoint. The Legion would be a great number two or three ball when the backends settle down, or if you take a little shine off to smooth out the back-end reac- tion. It definitely has a bite on the fresh. It’s good for opening up a pattern when the lanes start to hook. Lower speed players will like the easy push through the fronts and the strong motion on the backend, without having to do much work.


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